Cap-and-trade: Raising fuel cost hurts Californians

06/19/2014 3:06 PM

06/21/2014 8:08 AM

Re "Sticker shock coming at the gas pump" (Viewpoints, June 19): I have been following stories on fuels under cap-and-trade throughout the state. In the last few weeks, some elected officials and multiple industries have been voicing their concerns over how California will be negatively impacted by this program starting on January 2015. Recently, Jay McKeeman said "70 percent of Californians are unaware of this 'fuels under the cap' program and the direct impact it will have on their pocketbooks."

My question is, why has the California Air Resources Board kept this away from the public?

As a concerned citizen in Sacramento, I am one of many who will struggle with the rising fuel cost. For this reason, I encourage Gov. Jerry Brown to study the negative impact of placing transportation fuel under the cap-and-trade program before moving forward with this flawed and economically damaging policy.

-- Paul Egan, Sacramento

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